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See also: Shelly
- Composed of the shells of dead marine creatures
2000 June 16, Karl W. Flessa, “Learning from the Dead”, Science, volume 288, number 5473, DOI:10.1126/science.288.5473.1971a, pages 1971-1972:
- After all, we live today in an unusual world: sea level is low, the continents are dispersed, ice occupies the poles, and the shelly fauna of the oceans is composed largely of aragonite rather than calcite.
- Resembling, or comprising, the shell of a mollusc
1818, Charles Lamb, “On the Sight of Swans in Kensington Garden”, in The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb:
- Shrined are your offspring in a chrystal cradle, / Brighter than Helen's ere she yet had burst / Her shelly prison.
1906, Harry Caulton Reeks, Diseases of the Horse's Foot:
- It is seen commonly in connection with flat-foot, and where the horn of the wall is thin and shelly.
- Abounding with shells.
- the shelly shore
- William Shakespeare
- Shrinks backward in his shelly cave.